Wednesday, December 12, 2007

R.I.P. Ike Turner

Ike Turner died today at 76. Greg Kot at the Chi Trib has a good appreciation. He offers a thorough review of Turner's non-DV contributions to rock history, a balanced assessment of the ugly stuff and the happy news that Ike had gotten his life together for his final years.

Among other things, Ike Turner was responsible for one of the three best cover songs in rock history. Ike and Tina's version of "Proud Mary" and Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" fight for 2 and 3 on my personal list. Number one is indisputable if you know it's a cover: Aretha Franklin's version of Otis Redding's "Respect."

Back to the Turners, here they are. I love covers that completely rework the original.

Godspeed, Ike.